Change of opponent for Chris Blaney – Area Champion steps in

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Chris Blaney [6(3)-0] has been hit by a change of opponent for his big fight this Saturday, but remains in the toughest match-up of his career thus far.

The Navan middleweight was due to face recent BBBoC Southern Area champion Nicky Jenman [18(2)-9(5)-1], who was coming into the bout off the back of a stunning win over Tey Lynn Jones, on the Red Corner ‘For Honour and Pride’ card. The Brighton boxer has however withdrawn from the bout, forcing a change for Blaney.

Instead the Ginger Ninja will now face a reigning Area champion, as BBBoC Central Area titlist Darryl Sharp [5(0)-15(0)] has stood in at late notice.

The Kieran Farrell fighter won the belt last month with an upset victory over Ben Davies, a fight in which he dominated. This win came a month after another upset victory over John Telford. Primarily classed as a journeyman, Sharp is that rare breed of away fighter that has forged a reputation as a man who comes to win in every fight. Last year the Manchester southpaw also had upset victories over Adam Ismail and Chris Ismail.

The card on Saturday features Irish title fights between Darren Cruise and Luke Keeler at middleweight and Stevie Collins and Paddy McDonagh at light heavyweight, as well as appearances from Chris Blaney, Ray Moylette, Allan Phelan, Victor Rabei,, Thomas Finnegan, and Craig O’Brien.

Tickets for the June 24th show cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved.

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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Joe O'Neill

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